Reliance Jio has 25% in-active 4G subscribers, TRAI says

Better 4G free calling helps Reliance Jio outpace all telecom operators in June subscriber additions

Better 4G free calling helps Reliance Jio outpace all telecom operators in June subscriber additions

TRAI said India's wireless subscriber base increased to 1,186.84 million (+0.51 percent) in June 2017 as compared with the previous month.

Telecom subscriber base in India grew by about half a per cent to cross the 121 crore mark at June-end, with the mobile segment accounting for the lion's share of growth with a net addition of over 60 lakh customers.

Access Service Provider-wise Market Shares in term of Wireless Subscribers as on 30th June, 2017.

Overall, the subscriber addition showed a monthly growth of 0.49% from May 2017 to June 2017. The Wireless subscription in urban areas increased from 676.65 million at the end of May 2017 to 680.66 million at the end of June 2017, and wireless subscription in rural areas also increased from 504.18 million to 506.18 million during the same period.

Loss of mobile subscribers by Tata Teleservices, Reliance Communications, Telenor, Aircel, Sistema Shyam and MTNL held back the growth rate.

Interestingly, BSNL is the third operator in the subscriber addition list, adding almost 1 million new users, followed by Vodafone India and Idea Cellular with a measly 9 lakh customers and 35,000 subscribers respectively. This, however, translates to 10.39 per cent market share of the wireless subscribers' base. However, BSNL and MTNL held 69.36% of the wireline market share. "These service providers were Reliance Jio Infocomm (12.33 crore), Bharti Airtel (5.53 crore), Vodafone (4.11 crore), Idea Cellular (26.37 crore) and BSNL (2.17 crore)", the report stated.

While BSNL has the highest userbase in the wired broadband services segment with 9.73 million subscribers, Jio leads in the wireless broadband category with 123.36 million users.

Other companies like Airtel, Vodafone and Idea demanded an increase in the IUC as they reportedly earn thousands of crores of rupees from it. Bharti Enterprises chairman Sunil Mittal in a letter to TRAI Chairman RS Sharma wrote that the current IUC rate is already below cost and requested the regulator to set the rate through "a fair and transparent mechanism". With this, the wireless tele-density in India increased to 92.12 per cent on June 30, 17, in comparison to 91.74 per cent seen at the end of May this year.

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